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Columbus dining suggestions?

My husband and I will be flying into Columbus, arriving around 5:00pm (on a weeknight, if traffic is a consideration), then heading to Cedar Point for a few days. We'll probably want dinner in the Columbus area after we pick up our rental car. Any suggestions for somewhere for dinner that will be somewhat on our route to Sandusky? I'm not looking for anything fancy, but since we'll be eating theme park food for the next couple days, I'd like to get a decent meal, not fast food, that night.

Then after Cedar Point, we're going to spend 2 nights in Columbus before going to Kings Island. Our hotel in Columbus (Dublin area) doesn't have a free breakfast; any tips on good breakfast spots? We're planning to head to the zoo one day, and drive out to Hocking Hills the other day, so we could use a breakfast and possibly dinner spot along the route to Hocking Hills. I'll probably have to go to Skyline Chili for one dinner, but would like something a little nicer for at least one dinner. Are there any particular types of food that the area is known for?

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11. Re: Columbus dining suggestions?

For a good meal on the way to HH.... oddly enough, try the little silver diner on Rt 33 where the craft/antique/flea market complex is. It was bought by an Italian couple about 3 years ago and the food is REALLY good! You'll find it just before getting to HH proper.

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12. Re: Columbus dining suggestions?

The recommendations for dinner at Easton is good - the mall is only a few minutes away from the airport, and there are multiple dinner options.

If you would prefer not to deal with a mall, which will be very busy on a Friday evening, then dinner options in Gahanna (the Columbus suburb next to the airport) are the way to go. The first option would be City Barbeque. This is a local chain of excellent dry rub BBQ. Sauces are on the side.

A new place in Gahanna is El Arepazo, in oldtown Gahanna. El Arepazo started out as a food truck and opened a small restaurant downtown. It was always packed, so they recently opened a larger place in Gahanna. It's Cuban food (I think?) - black beans and rice, fried plantains, empanadas, various entrees, arepecitas. Simple, quality ingredients made perfectly, served fresh and hot at a reasonable price, with a good wine list, and good service. It has become my favorite local place. Have dinner there, then walk one block east to the italian ice stand for desert. You are still only 4 blocks from getting on the highway, and only a couple of miles from the airport, so it will be a quick and delightful stop. If you want to stretch your legs, walk a block west to creekside Gahannam, where you can walk the small path along the creek and enjoy a little break.

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13. Re: Columbus dining suggestions?

<<I'm not looking for anything fancy, but since we'll be eating theme park food for the next couple days, I'd like to get a decent meal, not fast food, that night. >>

If you do go to Easton Town Center on the night of your arrival, consider the Northstar Cafe if you like superb wraps and soup. The Northstar Cafe is a small Columbus chain that is highly rated by TA reviewers. It features organic, locavore creations, very reasonably priced given their quality IMO.


There's a large free parking lot right next to the Easton Northstar, but it may be full....

columbus ohio
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14. Re: Columbus dining suggestions?

Well of course you have to have breakfast at Bob Evans as it is an icon of Ohio. No matter where you stay in the city you will be able to find one located near you. As far as dinner is concerned I would definitely recommend Martini's. You can go on-line and look at their menu. Everything is absolutely delicious and they pay attention to every detail with customer service their #1 priority. Sounds like you are going to have a great time!!!

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15. Re: Columbus dining suggestions?

Jeni's now has 8 locations in Columbus so you don't need to go to the Short North store to try it.


There's a huge range of great independent restaurants in Columbus depending on the type of cuisine and part of town you're looking for. Here are some websites that might be helpful.





and for breakfast options


Edited: 8:49 am, June 23, 2012
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